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Old 04-21-12, 09:22 AM
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Ironies, conundrums, and babbling from the desert.

Hi, Guys.

I've been sniffing around for a couple of days and I'm ready to at least stand up and introduce myself.

Age: 53. I've found the "over 50" arena, havent read yet because I've done most of my reading so far ...

Weight: 295. ... in the Clydesdale arena.

In 1995 I rode a century. Today I can't square-pedal a Huffy one mile without feeling overwhelmed (see body weight above).

Current bikes (all in disrepair):

- Mongoose steel frame (cro-mo?) 700x23 road bike with flat bars. Impulse buy from a friend. Poor choice, poor fit, never ridden much. Not rideable at the moment due to disrepair. I'm not motivated to resurrect this one.

- Giant Boulder with smooth tires and Scott AT-4 bars. This was a faithful friend a few years ago when I had a resurgence of interest in riding. This one could be back on the MUP with little work. There is one little creak with every pedal stroke coming from somewhere around the seat post/downtube union I'd love to find and eliminate.

- Crying shame department: Litespeed Obed FS circa 1995, sitting in total disrepair. Deore XT. I sure do appreciate the quality of this unit although I know it is a dinosaur. I'm a bit concerned about whether it should be burdened with my clydebutt. I know that a lightweight rider could FLY this thing over Hell's boneyard with confidence. Does that necessarily translate into durability for a Clydesdale under easy conditions .. or am I overtaxing it just by sitting down? I'm open to thoughts on that issue.

I wont be a "hard" user in terms of terrain - I'm pretty much going to keep to MUPs in town and if I go with an MTB, a few easy fire roads near my home.

Bikes history:

- Highest $$ (showoff) bike was a Litespeed Ultimate Ti in the mid 90s. This has long ago been sold.

- favorite bike/fondest memories of all time: Cannondale H300 circa late 1990s. I put about a bazillion trouble-free miles on that thing commuting, running errands, and just enjoying the wind in my face.

See anything wierd there? I've owned 2 way-high-dollar bikes yet my lifetime fave was a Canny hybrid at under $400. *sigh* Facts is facts.

I live in Tucson, AZ - a pretty decent place to live for a bikee.

I'm not adjusting very well to being "the old guy" and it sticks in my craw even worse to be "the chubby old guy", so I have reached a resolution to become more active again. I'm trying to feel out whether getting back on a bike is the right choice for me, or if I might be better off walking.

One of the reasons I got away from cycling is that it became more work than fun. The sport became a high-maintainence drugery to me. There was a time in my life when all the gadgetry & hardware & tools & tinkering was a joy. Now, maybe not so much. I think at the very least I'm going to shun the cleats. "Jump on and ride" was joy when I was a kid, and that part of the joy was suffocated under a pile of gadgets.

I read advice here akin to "breakdowns, flats, and maintainence are cold facts - gonna hapen, ya gotta learn to love it". I KNOW this is wisdom, but it makes me feel that maybe I've come to a different place in my life and I'm not a bikee anymore.
THEN ...
I see Tom Stormcrowe's pix in the Clydesdale arena, and that's pretty exciting. Awesome stuff, Tom. The old joy has GOT TO BE still here inside me somewhere! Being "the guy on two wheels" was a HUGE part of my personal identity for many years.

Anyway, sorry to blather so much. I'm going to try to read a bunch here before spending any real $$. Prolly gonna take the Obed to my LBS today to see about resurrection.

Thank in advance for all advice/suggestions/whacks-with-a-stick.
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